Detroit's beloved music venue moved back into its Midtown location in the summer of 2016. It's a staple of the city's music scene and hosts some of the best acts that come to the city, both big and small. It can hold 500-750 people and has two full bars and a giant stage for artists to rock out on. It's a must-see for any Detroit locals or music fans traveling to the city!
Magic Stick History
The Magic Stick has a long history in the city, but a short existence in its current location. The original venue in the space above the city's Garden Bowl started booking events in the 1990s - they once booked 275 concerts in a year! When business started to slow down, they moved to Populux, a venue known for a focus on techno music. But in 2016 they decided to reopen in its Midtown location on the second floor of the Majestic Theatre Center and Complex on Woodward.
Magic Stick Events
Magic Stick hosts all kinds of music concerts with a focus on performances by artists and bands in the alternative, dance, hip-hop, indie rock and rock music genres. They pride themselves on providing a familiar place for fans to come out and enjoy awesome music - especially the Detroit sound that made the city so famous. They plan to host local as well as visiting acts from all over.
Magic Stick Seating Layout
The Magic Stick is an expanded dance floor that can hold up to 750 people and is standing room only. It's an old bowling alley that has had the lanes removed to provide more space for dancing and enjoying the rock music that flows out of its advanced sound system. The venue itself is great for watching your favorite acts play, but there is also a bar called The Alley Deck on the rooftop where you can head for seating, drinks and BBQ.
Detroit has a long history of cranking out awesome music, from the plentiful Motown bands that started here in the 50s to the crunchy rock and roll and rap that became popular in the 90s. A lot of famous musicians and entertainers have come out of Detroit, so it's no wonder that places like Magic Stick are around to give them a place to perform and entertain crowds. It's right up there with favorites like El Club and the Joe Louis Arena when it comes to bringing the best acts to the city.
The owners decided to rip eight lanes from a bowling alley and replace them with pool tables at first, but when they realized that people who showed up wanted more space to dance and hear music, they ripped out the remaining four lanes and turned the entire space into an open dance floor.
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